How do I file Nil GSTR-3B returns through SMS?

GSTR 3B is a monthly return to be filed by all GST registered tax payers irrespective of whether there is a liability or not. In order to ensure the tax payers are GST compliant, and to ease the process for those with nil liability, the government now allows them to file returns through SMS.

This would mean, tax payers (Normal/Casual tax payers, SEZ units and SEZ developers) no longer have to log into their GST portal but just file their nil returns through SMS.

Prerequisites for filing returns through SMS:

  • A valid GSTIN that is registered as a Normal/Casual tax payer, SEZ unit or SEZ developer.
  • An authorised signatory and mobile number registered on the GST portal.
  • There should be no pending returns, liabilities, late fees or interest.
  • Should not have made any supply of goods/services (including nil rated, exempt and non-GST supplies) or received any supply that attracts reverse-charge.

To file nil returns through SMS:

  • Send an SMS from your GST registered mobile number to 14409 in the following pattern:
    NIL (space) 3B (space) GSTIN (space) TAX PERIOD in the mmyyyy format

    Example: NIL 3B 33XXTNXXXXXZD 052020

  • You will receive a 6-digit verification code from GSTN to your registered mobile number.

  • Confirm your action by sending the verification code to 14409 as follows:
    CNF (space) 3B (space) 6-DIGIT CODE

    Example: CNF 3B 123456

You will then receive a success message via SMS and an email with the Application Reference Number (ARN) indicating that your return is filed. You can also view your filing status in the portal by going to the GST Portal > Services > Returns > Track Return.


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